About

R I C H I E P O P E

I grew up in Newport News VA and played outside in neighborhoods of odd characters, patchy grass, abandoned lots and forgotten alleyways. My idea-driven work intertwines reality with a dreamlike imaginary world of blurry edges and soft flushes of light.

E D U C A T I O N

Virginia Commonwealth University (2004-2009)

The Art Department (2011-2012)

R E C O G N I T I O N

Society of Illustrators 56

CMYK Vol. 44

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition 2009

5th Annual Richmond Illustrators Club Juried Show (gold medal)

L E C T U R E S
Personal Vision through Experience: A Conversation on Sketchbooks with Jeffrey Alan Love and Friends (Virginia Commonwealth University 2012)

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A little peek at some promos I sent out recently. My little hand-made babies. photo by Brandon Robertson

A little peek at some promos I sent out recently. My little hand-made babies. 

photo by Brandon Robertson

Asked by misterlorde

Hey, thanks! 

I don’t know how one should handle promotion, but don’t stop if you don’t hear anything back the first time or the second or the third. I just sent out a bunch of postcards and hand-made envelopes for the first time. I designed them around a neighborhood aesthetic like areas I grew up in. The plan is to send physical stuff 4 times a year, about ever 3 months or so. I’ve heard that’s a pretty good sweet spot. Since the envelopes that I have are packed with stuff, I’ll probably send those every other time. Emails are digital versions of the envelopes and those are up next. I could get a bunch of jobs or I could hear nothing at all. Either way, the next round is coming up in a few months and I’ve learned a bit through trial-and-error, so I’ll adjust a few things. Whatever you do, just keep knocking on the doors (just not too often). 

Asked by mattdemino

Ay man, that’s super nice of you. Now I have the pressure of knocking it out of the park every time. THANKS MATT DEMINO. Jeez. 

Asked by Anonymous

While at VCU, I worked at the Special Collections part of the library where I pulled artist books and comics for people. They have the entire Eisner Award collection. It was like Scrooge McDuck’s swimming pool fool of gold. I definitely spent a good amount of time reading Watchmen. 

I did mixtape/album covers for a while. Logos for random people, too. This was unfortunately not that fun, as people would try and get over on me at times. Other times, they’d be straight up rude and demanding. I learned a lot about valuing myself and my work (the hard way). 

After I finished art school, I needed some kind of job, so I did caricatures at an amusement park for two years. I worked there with my good friend Chris Visions. When it wasn’t crazy hectic we had some good times there, drawing silly faces, goofing off and having late night meals at Waffle House. 

 I worked at an art store for about a year before they went out of business. After I lost my job there, I took it as a catalyst to try to commit and make something happen with my drawings.

Oh, I also was an Eva pilot somewhere in there… 

Asked by Anonymous

I missed a Twin Peaks and Evangelion zine not too long ago, so I know how you feel. I either see them on my dashboard here, hear about them through Twitter, or sometimes I’m personally invited to take part in one.
Zines are cool, but I do the ones with subject matter that I really love. Just don’t approach it as “I need to be in all these zines.” That’s spreading yourself way to thin. 

I just found out that, along with The Devil in America, How Cats Find Their Way Home and Jiro Dreams of Sushi were also accepted into Spectrum 21 as well. This is crazy. 

I just found out that, along with The Devil in America, How Cats Find Their Way Home and Jiro Dreams of Sushi were also accepted into Spectrum 21 as well. 

This is crazy. 

Asked by Anonymous

Figure out what you want to say, and how you want to say it. Make a ton of work. Some of it will be bad. You don’t even have to show that. Just work through it all and you will have breakthroughs. It’s not a linear progression as some days will just be off-days, but you’ll make leaps here and there and it’s amazing when that happens. 

Asked by Anonymous

Thanks! It’s cool. There’s enough room for people to use similar tools and textures and make unique work that stands on it’s own, I feel. Even though it sounds corny, you really do have to be true to yourself. I use graphite and smudgy type of textures right now, but in a year or two I might be doing digital oil paint over photo-collage. Even if someone tried to copy the work I make, they can’t copy my imagination or my experience as a person. Whatever material I’m working with, I want my ideas to guide the tools and not the other way around. 





Asked by Anonymous

I think it’s about 4 or 5 different drawings. They ended up so expressive, I decided to animate them and really liked the end result with how choppy it is. It’s a similar thing I did with the studies for Yeezus